Effects of Photography as a Visual Medium

I explored the world of photography as a mass medium and how photography is a means of spreading information. Visual information is such a large part of today’s heavily media based society society. The world of mass media has almost always had a visual component to the ways in which the industry spreads their information throughout history.

Behind the Scenes

This is a photograph taken from the Baltimore riots, which occurred after Freddie Gray died while in police custody. In this photo there is a black man wearing a gas mask in front of a wall of policemen. His arm is raised in what appears to be a defiant way. He is looking straight at the […]

Pope Francis & Prison Inmate Photo

This photo, from the most recent New York Times, shows Pope Francis clutching the hand of a prison inmate ‘ after visiting a correctional facility during his American tour. It is also about as good an example of framing as you could hope to find. A slightly zoomed-out version of this photo would convey a very … Continue reading Domains Reflection Week 2

Sex and Stereotypes in Advertising

Firstly, sex and anything even remotely relating to it have always been a popular theme when it comes to selling a product in any form, but especially in sports and food. The typically “male gaze” dominates our view here and gives the consumer exactly what they want to see

Land Without Bread: A Controversial Tour De Force in Visual Framing

Sometimes, we forget that every image is not simply a visualization of reality – it is a selection, carefully chosen by the photographer/filmmaker. It is only when this selection is used to frame the image away from reality and towards an agenda that visual media becomes a problem, as Bunuel demonstrated.

Donald Trump has the Best Quotes

Right now it feels like we can’t go more than a day or two without hearing about Donald Trump and the most recent outrages statement he has made. The media has made it seem like everyone is in on a big joke and Donald Trump is simply out of the loop.

Framing as a Storytelling Device

This scene has no words and little music, showcasing how lighting, camera angles, nonverbal acting, and specifically mise en scene (framing) drive the movie’s story line more than dialogue or action.

The Falling Man

The picture I chose to analyze was taken by Richard Drew, who named it “The Falling Man.”  The picture was not desired to be published because of its controversy regarding 9/11.  This man is one of the many who instead of being burned in the fire in the twin tower buildings decided to jump from the … Continue reading The Falling Man

Zionism, Xenophobia, and Zombies: A Close Reading of World War Z

World War Z (2013) is another zombie movie that came out at the height of a 21st century revival of the genre. In the film, a UN investigator, portrayed by Brad Pitt, searches the globe for a solution to a pandemic outbreak of a zombie virus. The filmmakers have chosen to set one of the scenes at the highly politically contested border of Jerusalem. As the plot unfolds, a very complex intermingling of fantasy and reality ensues. I discuss implications of the highly-charged imagery included in the film by connecting it to my knowledge of the Middle East and theories of communication studied in class.

Black Lives Matter

This powerful image has stirred up major controversy over the way in which parents, particular Black parents, react and respond to the way their children behave. This tells a Baltimore story of Toya Graham grabbing her 16 year-old son whole heartedly out from the riots that developed soon after the death of Freddie Gray, who sustained major injuries while in police custody.